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Wind Chill (2007)

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Two college students share a ride home for the holidays, but when they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.

Director:

Gregory Jacobs

Writers:

Joe Gangemi (as Joseph Gangemi), Steven Katz

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Emily Blunt ... Girl
Ashton Holmes ... Guy
Martin Donovan ... Highway Patrolman
Ned Bellamy ... Snowplow Driver
Ian A. Wallace Ian A. Wallace ... Priest (as Ian Wallace)
Donny Lucas ... Stranger
Chelan Simmons ... Blonde Girl
Darren Moore ... Clerk
Linden Banks ... Proctor
Caz Odin Darko ... Teenage Boy #1 (as Caz Darko)
Heath Horejda Heath Horejda ... Teenage Boy #2
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Storyline

A couple of college students known only as the Girl and the Guy are traveling home to Delaware the day before Christmas Eve. They're on a frozen road that the Guy is convinced is a scenic short-cut. In the middle of nowhere in below freezing conditions they are run off the road by a hit and runner. They soon realize they're caught in a supernatural bubble where a crime from 1953 is doomed to repeat itself, year after year threatening new victims. The Guy attempts to walk back to the last petrol station but his wounds from the crash are worse than he let on. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Taglines:

A Road Many Have Traveled ... But Few Escape See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Escalofrío See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,146, 29 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,146, 29 April 2007
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the crash, car interior scenes were shot on a stage, while all exterior scenes were shot on an actual cold snowy road, with trailers on location to keep cast and crew warm in between takes. See more »

Goofs

The girl finds no room in the car's trunk for her suitcase, so she just dumps the guy's shopping bag - containing the food they will need - onto the car park even though there was plenty of space on the back seat (as the movie shows later on). See more »

Quotes

Girl: [after having been locked in the gas station bathroom and unable to get out or be heard by anyone] Hey, didn't you just hear me banging in there?
Guy: [bewildered laugh] When?
Girl: Oh, that's funny to you? Me locked in, you think that's funny?
Guy: What are you talking about? Locked in where?
Girl: You're telling me you didn't just hear me banging on the door? I could hear you.
Guy: Listen, I don't know what you're talking about.
Girl: [pauses] Forget it, it doesn't matter, let's just get back on the road.
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Featured in A Frozen Set: The Making of 'Wind Chill' (2007) See more »

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A turning point in contemporary horror?
4 May 2007 | by jeanrobieSee all my reviews

It's a shame more horror fans either aren't or can't see this movie, because it may very well signify a shift in the contemporary horror film (as of Spring 2007, when it was released).

The first "Saw" movie is usually seen as heralding a new direction and a new popularity in horror when it was first released and, despite the fact that the movie is principally a really twisty whodunit, it spawned dozens upon dozens of movies based on its essential formula: people (usually teenagers, often teen actors on their summer hiatus from their WB TV shows) in peril threatened with ghastly violence shown explicitly. The studios put any number of old movies into the remake machine in order to retrofit them with the new formula--and an R rating--to the point where these movies had the repetitive predictability of a Catholic mass.

Besides being bored with this genre, the massacres at Virginia Tech, I think, forced people to look to a new incarnation of horror--although, to be honest, I think current events have only a momentary impact on the movies. And that's where "Wind Chill" comes in.

"Wind Chill" is a movie which will disappoint you if you're hoping to see "Hostel"--a type of movie some people have compared to porn in its lack of substance apart from its depictions of explicit physical acts (in this case, violence). It's a thoughtful movie which takes the traditional elements of the most primitive horror movies and re-imagines them for our time. Think of the old James Whale haunted house movie, "The Old Dark House," and compare it to "Wind Chill" and you'll see how our oldest fears are presented anew--as if to say those old fears are never eliminated. This is the archetypal basis of the entire genre.

The movie isn't perfect--it's too talky, the exposition is piled on in the last third, the scares are rarely effective, and the resolution isn't quite plausible. But I thought it was fun and weird and full of unexpected depth.

I'm not certain in which direction "Wind Chill" is pointing the horror movie--maybe in the direction of the late 60s/early 70s "just slightly off" horror like "Rosemary's Baby" or the old "Night Gallery" TV series--rather than in the direction of grind house horror. But it's a worthwhile experiment.


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